CES - NVidia readies video recording boards

Recordable DVD drives are stirring a new wave of interest in personal video recording on PCs, and NVidia Corp. is ready with a new generation of its Personal Cinema graphics boards, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show last week.

Historically, ATI Technologies Inc. has owned the market for combination graphics board/TV tuners with its line of All-in-Wonder boards, but NVidia is jumping back into the fray. The company is updating its line of Personal Cinema boards, and plans to release models in February priced under US$200. The new boards focus on turning your PC into a PVR and digital media center, with some unique features like Direct-to-DVD video recording. They succeed the tuners NVidia released last year.

Upgraded Specs, Software

NVidia built this second generation of Personal Cinema boards around the GeForce4 MX 440 graphics chip, which supports AGP 8X and comes paired with 64MB of DDR memory.

Support for multiple monitors is built in, with the board housing one DVI connector, a cable connection for the TV tuner, and a breakout box with a standard VGA connector, component and S-Video in and out connections, and analog audio in and out. A multifunction RF remote provides easy access to many of the digital media functions the board provides.

On the software side, NVidia's NVDVD 2 software acts as an integrated digital media player, handling everything from DVD movies to MP3s and AVI and MPEG video.

Personal Cinema's PVR functionality includes a free electronic programming guide, thumbnail previews of what's on each channel, and the capability to pause and rewind live TV. A simultaneous watch and record feature lets you watch a DVD while recording a program in the background.

TV and other video can be burned directly to a DVD or CD in real-time using Ulead Systems Inc.'s DVD MovieFactory 2 software, which will be bundled with the package. And VideoStudio 6, also from Ulead, will be included to handle more extensive video editing chores.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Eric Dahl

PC World
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

Bitdefender solutions stop attacks before they even begin! Get cybersecurity that 500 MILLION users already have and trust.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?